Cisco has developed an extensive catalog of wireless LAN devices and software tools that enable anywhere, anytime access to data and other resources and to facilitate teamwork among employees, partners, vendors, and customers. Cisco's wireless product families include the Small Business, Aironet and Meraki series of access points (APs), plus Cisco's Wireless Network Controller modules and standalone devices. Progent's certified wireless experts can help organizations of all sizes to utilize Cisco wireless technology to accommodate the new paradigm of Bring-Your-Own-Device networks by integrating their wired and wireless ecosystems to achieve easy deployment, consistently high performance, single-point control, enterprise-wide policy enforcement, fault tolerance, and advanced protection.

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Cisco's Converged Solution for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and Wired/Wireless Connectivity

The Cisco Unified Wireless Network architecture can expand to up to 18,000 APs with full Layer 3 mobility across central or offsite venues like business campuses, college lecture halls, branch offices, and home offices. Cisco's 802.11x APs and wireless controllers are part of Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and are designed to support the same level of security, throughput, and manageability for wireless networks that businesses demand in their wired ecosystem. Cisco's architecture includes integrated mobile services such as VoIP, HD video, and secure guest access. Cisco's Unified Wireless technology enables organizations to build wireless ecosystems that improve the way they do business and improve output via a mobile and collaborative employee base.

Progent's Cisco CCIE network infrastructure consultants can provide online or on-premises support to assist you to plan, configure, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot converged wired and wireless network infrastructure of all sizes and for any venue. In addition, Progent can provide economical online and on-premises Wi-Fi site surveys to help you to plan and install a Wi-Fi LAN with custom-designed wireless access point clustering optimized for your individual work area layout, building characteristics, and application workloads.

Small Business, Aironet and Meraki Access Points (APs)
Cisco Aironet and Meraki Wireless Access Points ConsultingCisco's Small Business, Aironet and Meraki lines of wireless access points enable businesses to integrate wired and wireless infrastructure to provide the accessibility, capacity, throughput, security and manageability required for virtually any scenario. These wireless access points start at entry-level, single-band 802.11b/g/n units with data rates of 300 Mb for small companies or telecommuters to dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac access points capable of handling hundreds of wireless clients on each access point and delivering data rates as high as 1.9 Gigabits per second. Cisco's latest line of APs can be clustered to provide the scale to handle environments with high client density and with a high incidence of video-intense application software.

Small Business 100, 300 and 500 Family of Wireless Access Points
Cisco Small Business Wireless Access Points ConsultantsCisco's Small Business Series of access points are Linux-based units designed as value-priced 802.11n wireless APs for light workloads. Most models in Cisco's Small Business portfolio of access points support Cisco's Single Point Setup technology, which allows you to set up, manage and repair a cluster of wireless access points from one device via a simple browser-based interface. All of the versions support POE and provide Quality of Service (QoS), rogue access point detection, and bridging for wirelessly connecting to another network.

Cisco's Small Business WAP121 Access Point is a wall-mountable, single-radio 2.4GHz device able to handle 16 active 802.11b/g/n wireless clients, has a 10/100 Ethernet port, permits up to 4 access pointss and 40 active wireless clients in a cluster, and can handle throughput of 300 Mbps. The Cisco Small Business WAP131 is a desktop dual-band 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point that can support 16 active clients per radio for a total of up to 32 wireless clients, includes a GE port, and can support sustained data rates of up to 300 Mbps per radio. The WAP131 does not allow clustering. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 is a general-purpose dual-radio 802.11ac/n wireless access point that features a 1xGE Power over Ethernet (PoE) port and can support 16 clients from each radio with 867 Mbps throughput for AC devices and 300 Mbps for 802.11n devices. The Cisco Small Business WAP150 allows four APs per cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP321 Access Point is a wallmount selectable-band (either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz) 802.11n device that can handle up to 80 wireless clients in an 8-device cluster. The WAP321 includes a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and can support a sustained data rate of 300 Mbps for the selected radio. The Cisco Small Business WAP351 is a dual-radio 2.4/5 GHz 802.11n wireless access point with a 5-port Gigabit Ethernet switch and can support 32 active clients on each radio for up to 64 clients, and support a data rate of 300 Mbps for each radio. The WAP351 AP does not allow clustering. Cisco's Small Business WAP361 is a dual-band 802.11ac Wave 1 access point that features a 5 x Gb Ethernet LAN switch, can support 32 clients per radio, and delivers 867 Mbps performance for wireless AC devices and 300 Mbps performance for 802.11n clients. Cisco's WAP361 allows 8 access points per cluster. Cisco's wallmount Small Business WAP371 Wireless-AC/N is a dual-band AP that supports 802.11n and the new 802.11ac IEEE standard. The WAP371 Wireless-AC/N has a GE interface, can handle up to 32 active clients on each radio, and eight access points for each cluster.

The Cisco Small Business WAP561 Wireless-N Dual Radio Selectable Band wireless access point features one Gigabit Ethernet LAN interface and dual concurrent radios (2.4 and 5.0 GHz) that deliver 450 Mbps performance per radio, support 64 clients per radio, and allow up to 16 wireless access points for each cluster. Cisco's WAP551 is similar to the WAP 561 but features a single selectable band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz). The Cisco WAP571 and WAP571E (a weather-proof outdoor version) are dual-band 802.11ac access points incorporating 2 x GE interfaces with link aggregation, 3x3 MIMO, and up to 1.9 Gigabit/sec performance with 1300 Mbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 11n. Both devices support 32 clients on each radio and 16 WAP371 wireless access points per cluster.

The Aironet Line of Wireless Access Points
Aironet Access Point ConsultingMeraki Wireless Access Points ConsultantsThe Aironet line of wireless access points has for years been the top-selling access point solution. Aironet APs range from value priced devices to enterprise-class APs. The Aironet family cover several generations of models supporting the evolving Wi-Fi standard. The latest portfolio of Aironet access points work with Cisco's Unified Wireless Network software and come with 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, which offers three times the throughput as well as greater coverage and user density than the prior generation of devices. Cisco's latest multi-frequency Aironet access points continue to handle 802.11n at 2.4 GHz for clients that do not have 802.11ac radios.

The oldest Aironet APs are now outdated devices that have reached end-of-life status and are not supported by Cisco. Progent still offers support for the complete Aironet family of APs and can assist your company to manage and troubleshoot your current Aironet wireless system or move efficiently to the latest Aironet technology. For details about Progent's consulting services for current and legacy Cisco Aironet access points, see Cisco Aironet APs consulting.

Cisco's Meraki Wireless Access Points
Cisco Meraki Wireless Access Point ConsultantsMeraki AP Configuration ConsultingCisco's family of Meraki dual-band indoor APs include value-priced devices for general use to enterprise-class units that offer as high as 2.5 Gbit/sec throughput. Each Cisco Meraki indoor AP offers next-generation features like self-configuring plug-and-play installation, advanced security, BYOD support, extensive analytics, automatic web-based firmware updates, and consolidated cloud-based management for multiple sites. Every Cisco Meraki indoor wireless access point also includes two high-power client-serving radios with boosted receive sensitivity as well as a separate radio that offers (WIDS/WIPS) security for RF analysis and deep packet inspection.

Cisco's Meraki outdoor access points are IP67 certified, built to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, and tested to resist dust, vibration and moisture. Meraki outdoor APs include a 1 x Gbit Ethernet port and deliver advanced capabilities that include cloud management with multi-site visibility and control, 802.1X and native Active Directory integration, built-in antivirus scan (NAC), single-click secure guest access and guest isolation firewall, Layer 7 traffic shaping, plus auto-configuring mesh with MIMO. For details about Progent's consulting services for Cisco's Meraki APs and cloud management, see Meraki access points consulting.

Cisco Wireless Network Controllers
Wireless LAN Controllers Configuration and Support ConsultingCisco wireless LAN controllers cut the effort and cost needed to configure, manage, and operate Wi-Fi networks by offering single-point control of critical tasks such as provisioning access points, applying consistent policies across converged wired/wireless networks, supporting enterprise-wide QoS for voice and HD video, tracking and troubleshooting system health, activating intrusion prevention tools to defend against unauthorized access and Denial of Service threats, and handling IPv6 and dual-stack clients. Cisco has designed wireless LAN controllers for organizations of any size and can provide standalone desktop appliances, modular plug-in wireless controllers for Cisco routers and switches, and Catalyst switches with built-in wireless controllers.

Cisco Wireless Network Controller Module Consulting ServicesThe current versions of Cisco wireless LAN controllers include Cisco CleanAir tools to minimize signal interference and create self-optimizing wireless LANs for maximum 802.11n and 802.11ac performance and security. Built-in Apple Bonjour Gateways enable discovery and policy across the enterprise for Apple applications. For high availability, Cisco wireless controllers allow wireless access point and client stateful switchover by enabling a backup HA wireless controller to synch with a main controller for AP license count, CAPWAP keys, and access point CAPWAP state. If the main controller goes down, thousands of wireless access points and clients can switchover in less than a second to the secondary wireless LAN controller.

Cisco's Wireless Controller Module for ISR G2 Routers with UCS-E provides entry-level 802.11n and 802.11ac support for 2900 and 3900 routers deployed by smaller businesses and branches. This affordable and expandable solution can handle up to 200 wireless access points and up to 6000 clients. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and onsite consulting support for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management support.)

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series are 1RU switches designed for small to mid-size businesses and satellite offices and have a built-in wireless network controller with the ability to support 40 Gb of wireless throughput for each switch and up to 25 APs and 1000 wireless clients per switch. Catalyst 3850 Series are 1RU rackmount switches designed for mid-size businesses and large enterprises and feature an integrated wireless network controller with 40 Gb of wireless throughput on each switch and support for 50 APs and 2000 clients. The Wireless Services Module2 is an add-in blade for Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series switches that include a built-in wireless controller intended for mid-to-large size businesses and able to deliver 20 Gbps throughput and with support for up to 1000 APs and 15,000 wireless clients. (To learn concerning Progent's consulting services for Cisco Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco switches configuration and troubleshooting consulting.)

Cisco 2500 Wireless Controllers are entry-level desktop devices that simplify the provisioning and management of Wi-Fi LANs for small and midsize businesses and branches. The 2500 Series wireless network controller can manage 5 to 75 access points and up to 1000 wireless clients and offers throughput of up to 1 Gbps.

Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers Consulting ServicesCisco's 5500 Series Wireless Controller is an expandable 1RU unit intended for mid-to-large sized enterprises and campus environments and can manage up to 500 wireless access points and 7,000 clients while providing 8 Gbps performance. The Cisco 5760 Wireless Controller is a 1RU device intended for mid-to-large campus environments with the ability to manage 1000 access points and 12,000 wireless clients and providing performance of 60 Gbps to accommodate high client densities and high usage of media-rich applications.

Cisco's Flex 7500 Series Wireless Controller is designed to enable centralized management of thousands of wireless remote sites from a single datacenter, avoiding the costs of a Wi-Fi controller at each remote site. The 1RU rackmount Flex 7500 lets you create a private cloud to deploy, monitor, maintain, and troubleshoot as many as 6000 APs and up to 64,000 clients while handling 1 Gbps throughput. Cisco's 8500 Series Wireless Controller is a 1RU device engineered to monitor and control Wi-Fi environments for large campuses or for service providers and can be expanded to support 6000 access points and 64,000 wireless clients while offering 10 Gbps performance.

Legacy Cisco Access Points, LAN Bridges and Wi-Fi Controllers Supported by Progent
The introduction of the 802.11ac specification for wireless connectivity effectively rendered obsolete all prior releases of Wi-Fi products for environments that have high densities of wireless clients and high incidence of HD video software applications. Even for businesses who do not need the performance of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a large number of Cisco wireless products have arrived at end-of-sale or end-of-support status, which can represent significant service and regulatory compliance problems. Progent's Cisco-certified consulting experts offer remote and on-premises support services for a wide range of older-generation wireless products from Cisco. Progent can also assist companies to evaluate the business case for updating legacy wireless infrastructure and can assist in designing and carrying out affordable, non-disruptive migrations. Below are a few of Cisco legacy Wi-Fi products that Progent's consulting experts continue to support.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Access Points
Aironet 1000/1130AG Series access points are ideal for conventional workplaces and similar locations which have minimal environmental variability. These products have built-in antennas that provide dependable omnidirectional coverage patterns. The 1130G Series access point is designed for restricted locations that do not permit 802.11a transmission.

Aironet 1230AG/1240AG Series APs are ideal for more difficult RF environments like manufacturing plants or above ceiling structures which commonly require adjustable external antennas and rugged metal enclosures. The Cisco 1240G family AP is available for restricted domains that do not allow 5GHz transmission.

Cisco Aironet 1500 family lightweight outdoor wireless mesh LAN access points provide an affordable, scalable, protected outdoor Wi-Fi technology for campus areas and for public sites that require connectivity for portable phones or computers.

Legacy Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Bridges
Cisco Aironet Wireless Bridges ConsultantsCisco wireless bridges provide a high-performance and feature-rich technology for integrating numerous LANs in a metropolitan area or public access network. Cisco bridges offer a versatile, manageable technology that meets the security needs of WAN specialists. These devices handle both P2P and point-to-multipoint implementations with good coverage and the ability to handle traffic rates as high as 54 Mbps.

Cisco wireless LAN bridges offer throughput dramatically higher than E1/T1 links for a fraction of the cost, eliminating the necessity of expensive leased lines when linking different offices. Because bridges have no recurring costs, the expenses saved on leased-line bills quickly cover the initial hardware costs. Self-installed private lines and even leased lines using metal or optical cable can require considerable initial expenses if they are separated by barriers like freeways, train tracks, or lakes and rivers. Cisco Aironet wireless bridges can be installed rapidly with a fast return on investment.

Cisco 1300 Series outdoor access points/bridges can be implemented as stand-alone wireless access points, wireless bridges, or workgroup bridges. These appliances have a tough enclosure and offer high-speed, cost-effective wireless interfaces between multiple stationary or mobile environments and clients.

Cisco Aironet 1400 wireless bridges offer fast, dependable outdoor connections for line-of-sight applications. These devices are housed in a durable cover that is optimized for severe outdoor environments and can function in broad temperature ranges.

Legacy Cisco Wireless Controllers
Cisco Wireless Network Controllers ConsultingCisco Wireless Controllers are centralize the management of wireless networks by streamlining the control of key technologies including integrated IPS, real-time RF control, zero touch configuration, and N+1 redundancy. Cisco Wireless Network controllers work with small APs to offer superior throughput and high-end management functions.

Wireless LAN Controllers provide the control, scalability, security, and resilience that network managers require to build secure, large-scale wireless solutions, from satellite locations to small companies to main campuses. Cisco's legacy WLCs can be configured together to offer support for up to 2400 WAPs for each roaming domain.

The Cisco WLCM or WLCM-E Controller Module for Integrated Services Routers provides small-to medium businesses (SMBs) and large corporations a cost effective way to implement and control secure wireless LANs at branch locations. These devices manage up to a dozen Cisco access points and are supported on 2800/3800 Series Routers and 3700 Series Routers. (To learn concerning Progent's remote and on-premises consulting services for Cisco routers, see Cisco router configuration and management services.)

How Progent's Engineers Can Help Your Business with Cisco Wireless Solutions
Progent can provide a Cisco-certified CCIE consultant to help you to plan, install, manage and troubleshoot a converged wired and wireless infrastructure integrating a broad range of wireless products that offer the identical protection, scalability, and manageability you demand from a wired network. Progent can help you to manage early-generation wireless solutions from Cisco or upgrade seamlessly to current 802.11ac-comaptible products. Progent's CISM and CISSP security consultants can advise you about how to design security into your WLAN and into your business processes. Progent's disaster recovery consultants and business continuity planning consultants can show you how to deploy the high availability features built into Cisco's wired/wireless products so your converged network delivers non-stop business value.

Progentís Wi-Fi Site Survey helps you to design and implement a state-of-the-art WLAN customized for your facilities, offering a wireless ecosystem that provides comprehensive coverage, high speed and density, Quality of Service to handle IP video, enterprise-class security and compliance, and easy management. Progent's Wireless Site Survey can be performed online to cut time and costs, or on premises for more difficult situations.

For a further discussion of Progent's wireless integration capabilities, see Progent's Wireless LAN Support.

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